Silent Movie


(out of 5)

This one-joke comedy has its enjoyable moments but you’re likely to get tired of it by the end. Mel Brooks pays charming tribute to the good old days of silent movies with a film that features no dialogue except one spoken word in its entire running time. In it, he plays a filmmaker who wants to make the first silent feature in 40 years and tries to get some famous stars to appear in it. Cameos by the likes of Liza Minnelli, James Caan, Anne Bancroft (the real Mrs. Brooks), Paul Newman and Burt Reynolds are worth catching, but don’t expect too many laughs…they run out about halfway through. Still, it’s a great idea even if it does reek of gimmickry.

Crossbow Productions

USA, 1976

Directed by Mel Brooks

Story by , Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Ron Clark, ,

Cinematography by

Produced by Michael Hertzberg

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Golden Globe Awards 1976

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